02 May 2016
Over the past 6 weeks I have had the privilege to work with Alex Krol. He is a former Royal Marine who has an road traffic collision 12 years ago that left him paralysed from the chest down. He is an example of never giving up and has become one of the best adaptive athletes on the tennis court.
Alex was selected for the Invictus Games for Tennis and indoor rowing. His sister in-law approached me and asked for me to help Alex with his rowing training. I met Alex at Reebok CrossFit 3D in Manchester and we set up his adaptive seat on the Concept 2 rower. I assessed his modified technique and made some adjustments and we trained the new style of pull.
We set baseline objective markers for the distances he was to compete at in the Games. The 1 minutes and 4 minutes tests were accomplished with a good rest between each effort. I gave Alex his 6 weeks training program and instructions on progressions and reporting back to me.
We met for the final time before he departed for the Games on Friday 29th April. We warmed up and retested the distances. Alex showed true Commando grit and smashed the baseline markers.
I am so proud of his achievements and to have been given the opportunity to work with such an inspiring person.